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WELCOME TO WAKANDA: ‘Black Panther Cast’ Drips Excellence Sauce on the Cover of Essence’s March 2018 Issue

By Teonny Spears / Published on Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 15:00 PM / No Comments

Black Panther mania is officially in full swing and to help further the anticipation of the film’s release this weekend, Essence has decided to release THREE different covers featuring the cast.

Since the premiere of its trailer last Fall, the Ryan Coogler directed film’s advanced ticket surpassed Warner Bros. and DC ComicsBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, becoming Fandango‘s top-selling superhero film of all time.

Along with earning a 99% rating on RottenTomatoes, the film is is projected to earn upwards of $400 million for its domestic total by the end of the weekend.

For the cover story, writer Karen Good Marable sat down with cast members Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Forrest Whitaker, newcomer Letitia Wright and director Ryan Coogler for an insightful talk about why this fantasy of an African nation feels so right and so real. When speaking about the film Ryan stated:

“I had really been studying the effects of colonization and the African Diaspora, specifically as it relates to African-Americans and Africans, and what I hit on was this concept of what it means to be African. I pitched that to the studio as a main theme of exploration, and they were totally interested, which is, to their credit, really cool.”

Read more on the cast of Black Panther in the March 2018 issues of ESSENCE, on newsstands Feb. 23, and be sure to get your ticket this weekend!


About Teonny Spears

26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & introducing readers to new and rising talent. Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.